Updated BIG EAST Notes
BIG EAST teams were back in action and started things off with a bang going 9-3. A pair of wins over ranked teams highlighted Saturday’s action as No. 2/2 Connecticut (11-0) won at No. 1/1 Stanford 61-35 and No. 5/5 Notre Dame (10-1) topped Purdue 74-47.
The Huskies posted the largest margin of victory in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup as they beat the Cardinal by 26. UConn also broke Stanford’s 82-game home court winning streak.
UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points as Stanford lost at home for the first time since March 2007.
''It was a bad day. Whatever we were trying to do, we really struggled with it,'' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. ''Connecticut came in here on a mission. Mission accomplished.''
UConn junior Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 14 rebounds and flustered Ogwumike all afternoon, while junior Bria Hartley and senior Kelly Faris also scored 10 apiece for UConn.
Stanford trailed 31-13 at halftime in one of its worst 20 minutes in recent memory - though the school had no record of when the Cardinal were last held to that few points in a half.
In the Notre Dame win over Purdue, junior guard Kayla McBride finished with 18 points and junior Natalie Achonwa added 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Senior Skylar Diggins ended with 16 points and also recorded her 300th career steal. Diggins is the third player in Notre Dame history with at least 300 career steals.
Notre Dame won its fifth straight game overall, and seventh in a row over Purdue, the longest win streak by either side in the series. The Irish did it by dominating the boards with a 56-28 rebounding advantage. That total included 25 offensive rebounds, which was one less than Purdue's total.
Purdue was one of the country's best 3-point shooting teams coming into the game, but went 0-for-11 from behind the arc. It was the first time since March 1, 2009 at Michigan State that Purdue failed to hit a 3-point field goal.
''We really guarded them on the 3-point line, which was our main goal of the day,'' ND head coach Muffet McGraw said. ''They're shooting it well from there, and we held them scoreless. That was a phenomenal accomplishment for us.''
Elsewhere on Saturday, Pittsburgh (8-4) won at Buffalo 91-77. Sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 21 points to lead the Panthers.
Providence (4-8) beat Colorado State 71-53 in the Fordham Holiday Classic in the Bronx, N.Y. Sophomore Tori Rule scored a career-high 32 points to lead PC. The Friars will take on Lafayette at 3 p.m. on Sunday for the tournament title.
Marquette (7-5) beat Loyola-Chicago 77-61 at home and USF (10-2) clipped Florida A&M 100-75. Senior Andrea Smith scored 29 points to lead the Bulls. In the Marquette win, Sophomore Arlesia Morse had 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Villanova (9-2) lost to Delaware 59-45 in the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic. The Wildcats shot just 29-percent from the field and saw Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne notched game-highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats take on host Dartmouth in the consolation game at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Cincinnati (7-5) lost the first game of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational with a 58-47 decision to Alabama on Friday. The Bearcats also lost in overtime on Saturday 65-63 to Hawaii. Cincinnati takes on Cincinnati will wrap up tournament action on Sunday with a 2:30 pm (7:30 ET) contest against Long Island-Brooklyn.
Also this weekend, DePaul (11-3) beat Oral Roberts 97-74 on Friday night at home. Six players scored in double figures for the Blue Demons, who have won five in a row.
Georgetown (8-4) beat Yale 90-67 at home on Friday night. Senior Sugar Rodgers scored 38 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line. She continues to lead the nation in scoring at 25.9 ppg.
St. John’s (6-5) took down NJIT 55-37 at home. Sophomore forward Amber Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Red Storm.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern